You’ve found the perfect house, and it’s “For Sale by Owner.” What does that mean for you as the buyer? The experience of buying directly with a seller is a bit different than dealing with their real estate agent. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it is something to prepare for. Here’s everything you need to know when buying a home For Sale by Owner (FSBO).
Have you ever considered buying a home for someone else? Maybe you’d like to give a head start to an adult child, take care of an elderly parent, or help out someone with bad credit or who is simply having a hard time financially. It’s a noble idea and it can be done. But there are things you need to know so your generosity doesn’t end up costing you more than you expected.
There’s plenty of advice online on how to sell a home fast. Our post 20 Creative Ways to Sell Your Home in Under a Month is a good example. But some sellers are in too much of a hurry to try those tips or don’t want to go to the trouble. They might be contemplating selling a house “as-is.”
Preparing to sell a home can be expensive: Preparing a home to go on the market comes with the cost of repairs, updates, cleaning and staging. And of course buying one is a huge investment, too; buyers not only need to come up with a downpayment, but have to think about the cost of loan application fees and inspections.
It’s not news that buying a house is a big financial investment. But many first-time buyers wonder if buying a home is worth it. They wonder how long it will take before breaking even compared to renting. The St. Louis region actually has one of the shortest break-even times in the country.
It’s best to be completely sure about selling before taking the plunge to put a house on the market—obviously. And while it doesn’t happen often, a seller sometimes wants out of an agreement. Deciding to keep a home is not a decision that should be taken lightly.
Taking on a mortgage, especially as a first-time homebuyer, can be intimidating. Finding out that it can lower your credit score can be downright stressful. It’s a bit of a “Catch 22”: You need good credit to buy a house, but buying a house lowers your credit.
If you live in an older home (and there are many of them in St. Louis) it might have knob and tube wiring. Knob and tube (or K&T) was the standard method of electrical wiring when electricity was first used in homes in the 1880s. New innovations in cable and wire came along in the 1920s, but K&T was still common up until the 1950s when more modern methods took over.
Whether buying or selling a home in St. Louis, finding the best realtor will involve some work. You’ll want to ask people you know for referrals, do some research, and finally, interview the best candidates. (Read Follow These 3 Steps to Find a Real Estate Agent.) Sales statistics and experience are important, but you need to feel confident in your decision on a more personal level, too.
Congrats! Your house is selling for substantially more than you paid for it! That’s a good thing… or is it? The IRS may want a chunk of the profits in the form of capital gains tax. There are some scenarios when selling a home will generate a tax liability. But there are ways that homeowners can avoid taxes of home sales.